“He told me that they will announce this week that they will do tougher types of screening on U.S. soil,” Schumer said.
Schumer said federal officials are grappling with logistical challenges as they move toward implementing new safeguards.
“Whatever they do, they have to make sure if they spot someone who might have been exposed, what they do with all the people they are in contact with, where they sequester them, et cetera.”
“The more intense screenings at U.S. airports might be a happy middle ground,” he said.
Schumer has called for the federal government to conduct more thorough health screenings at U.S. airports, including a temperature-check and a health survey for travelers coming from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. He has also recommended that the Department of Homeland Security start a database of passengers traveling between West Africa and the United States, which would be shared with hospitals.
The New York Democrat said the CDC is considering his proposals.
[This post has been updated to note the White House’s statement about new measures being announced in the coming days.]